Bob Cates

Bob Cates is CEO of Bob Cates & Associates LLC, a firm that assists colleges, states and local governments, Indian Tribes, nonprofit organizations and Federal agencies in administering, operating and managing federally funded programs. Bob has served in the South Carolina Governor’s Office and the private sector for over 35 years. He has actual experience administrating federal grant programs from three perspectives: Management serving as Director/CEO; serving as CFO/Deputy Financial Operations; and lastly serving as Administrative Services Manager, responsible for Business Management Systems.

Bob’s career has been unique in that as a practitioner, he has actual work experience in three roles: as a Grantor, grant-making agency; as a pass-through entity (PTE); and as a Subrecipient of grant funds. As a result, his knowledge and experience has been built from these three different perspectives. His professional experience includes the design and implementation of organizational structures, developing policies, procedures, and systems to ensure federal compliance.

Brad Smith

Mr. Smith is a Director in the Government Contracts Advisory Services Practice at Berkeley Research Group, with over 30 years of experience in the government contracting and commercial industries. His experience includes consulting and advisory services to a range of government contractors and not for profit entities. Additionally he has provided advisory services to the US Government. He has also served as the Chief Compliance Officer for a multi-billion dollar government contractor. Mr. Smith has in-depth experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and other federal government procurement regulations. Mr. Smith is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, Committee on Cost and Pricing, Member of the Professional Services Council, The Coalition for Government Procurement, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants among other professional affiliations.

Jason Matechak


Jason Matechak is a Principal at Impresa. He focuses his practice on Government Contracts and Grants, Governance and Compliance and International Matters. He serves as the Director for the Center for International Procurement Law and Policy at the International Law Institute. He has served as the General Counsel of International Relief & Development, the Legal Advisor to the International Development Law Organization, and as a Partner in the Reed Smith Firm. As a civil servant, he served as a contract negotiator and legal reform officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is a member of the Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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January 31 - February 1, 2017
Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
CPE Credits:
12 NASBA CPEs and 12 GPCI CEUs
Who Should Attend:
Executive Directors CFOs Finance VPs Accountants Controllers Auditors Procurement Managers Grants Directors
Contracts Representatives Grants Specialists Grants Managers Grants Coordinators Grant Writers Strategic Planners Program Managers Title I Coordinators
What's Included:
  • Two days of expert-led grants training
  • Specialized attendee breakout sessions
  • Networking events, breakfasts, and lunches
  • The Grants Quick Start Toolkit
  • 6 months of digital access to Thompson's Grants Management Handbook (New subscribers only.)
Early Bird Rate through 12/31/2016:
$795 Forum
$995 Forum + Procurement Workshop
Standard Rate after 12/31/2016:
$895 Forum
$1095 Forum + Procurement Workshop
Procurement Workshop Only:
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